2015 Team Project Whirlpool

The Challenge:
The Tauber Team for Whirlpool will recommend ways to improve the foam filling process for the refrigeration division. The team will create a discrete simulation model that will be used to optimize refrigeration plants. The opportunity to improve the bottom line through operational enhancements in an important business line will directly affect the company’s future success. The project’s high impact potential makes it a important priority for Whirlpool’s executive leadership team.
Student Team:
John Klocke – Master of Business Administration
Nick Walker – EGL (BSE/MSE Chemical Engineering)
Project Sponsors:
Mike Anthony – Engineering Director, Refrigeration and Dish
Mike Hile – Engineer Lead, Polyurethane Foam
Mae Zyjewski – Senior Director, Advanced Manufacturing
Faculty Advisors:
Brian Love – College of Engineering
Brian Talbot – Ross School of Business

About Tauber Team Projects:

The 2015 Tauber Team Projects resulted in $500 million in savings according to sponsoring company calculations, an average of $14.3 million per project over 3 years.

Each 2 to 3 person Tauber Team consists of graduate Engineering, MBA, and/or MSCM students. Along with receiving high-level corporate support from the sponsoring company, each team is advised by a College of Engineering and a Ross School of Business faculty member and overseen by a Tauber Institute Co-Director. The projects begin on-site in May and continue for 14 weeks.  Students present the results of their projects and compete for over $40,000 in scholarships at the U-M Tauber Institute's annual Spotlight! event, held each September in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Spotlight! provides outstanding opportunities for students and corporate partners to establish relationships while exploring innovations in operations and manufacturing.
Access Spotlight! 2015 Guidebook for project details.
First place winning team: Whirlpool
2015 Whirlpool Team, U-M Tauber Institute for Global Operations
2015 Tauber Team Whirlpool
2015 Tauber Team Whirlpool
2015 Tauber Team Whirlpool